Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, Senator Schumer or his designee will be recognized to offer a motion to proceed to S.J. Res. 63, the short-term insurance plan CRA, with the time until 11:30 a.m. equally between the leaders or their designees for use on the joint resolution and the House message accompanying S. 3021, the vehicle for America's Water Infrastructure Act concurrently.
  • At 11:30 a.m., all post-cloture time will expire and the Senate will VOTE on the motion to concur in the House amendments to S. 3021, the vehicle for America's Water Infrastructure Act.
  • Following disposition of the motion to concur, the Senate will VOTE on adoption of S. J. Res. 63, the short-term insurance plan CRA.
  • The Senate will then recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.


Senator Barrasso: (6:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "It supports our economic growth and competitiveness, they deliver drinking water and provide water for crops, cattle, and small businesses, ships American-made goods from the heartland to the coast and around the world. They keep homes safe from dangerous floodwaters and store water for times of drought these systems are vital to our country. We must maintain, upgrade, and where necessary, build them. During the state of the union address this year, President Trump called on Congress to act on infrastructure. He said, we will build America's infrastructure, he said, with American heart, American hands, and American grit. Water infrastructure is a major part of the president's call."


Senator Carper: (6:16 p.m.)

  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "Over the course of August and early September, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee reached an agreement with our counterparts in the House to advance America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. Our chairman John Barrasso and I coauthored this bill and did so with the invaluable help of both the majority and minority staffs of the Environment and Public Works Committee over the better part of this year. I want to take a moment again to thank our chairman as I have earlier, thank our chairman for his leadership. I want to thank the chair and ranking members of the infrastructure subcommittee of E.P.W., Senator Inhofe and Senator Cardin for their leadership for producing this critical bipartisan legislation."


Senator Wyden: (6:43 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Mr. President, I have come to the floor today to discuss my colleague, Senator Baldwin's resolution that would protect the millions of Americans in Wisconsin, Oregon, and all across the land who are faced with preexisting health conditions. And this has been an area that I have focused on since my days as coordinator of the Oregon Gray Panthers, because preexisting conditions is kind of fancy lingo that people talk about as it relates to health care policy but really what it's all about is if you have cancer or diabetes or heart disease or asthma or any one of a score of health care conditions, before the Affordable Care Act, you were just in a world of hurt, literally and figuratively."

Grassley, Tester, Carper, Barrasso

The vehicle for the American Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021)

Oct 09 2018

Senator Grassley: (5:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
    • "The most important one is the first one, to thank a lot of people who helped me chair and oversee the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. And I should have given this speech 72 hours ago, but I was in a hurry to get to the airport. So I'm making up for lost time now. As everyone knows on Saturday the Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh as our newest associate justice on the United States Supreme Court. So I come to the floor to thank the Senate staff who helped make that confirmation possible."
  • Spoke on Taiwan.
    • "I would like to extend my remarks to the people of Taiwan on this very important occasion and to express my appreciation for the U.S.-Taiwan relationship. We were allies in World War II and have been close strategic and economic partners for a very long time. However, as the government of the Republic of China and Taiwan has evolved into a thriving free market democracy that it is today, our relationship has even deepened and strengthened in a way that can only happen when two countries share core values."


Senator Tester: (5:20 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Originally insurance companies designed these plans to provide stopgap coverage when you change jobs and needed health care for just a few months. They figured you could get by with a bare-bones policy for a month or two. They were never designed to provide coverage for an entire year, let alone three. But now that has all changed. Starting last week, health insurance companies now have permission to sell long-term junk plans to Montana's families. What was once a short-term solution is now becoming a long-term problem. So let's ask ourselves why we buy insurance in the first place. It's for risk management."


Senator Carper: (5:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "It authorizes the Corps to conduct and expedite and study more than 100 water sources, resources, development projects. It prepares our country's water infrastructure for extreme weather events, to avoid devastation caused by storms like Hurricane Florence. By reauthorizing levee and dam safety programs through 2023 and it establishes programs to make communities more resistant to sea level rise. It reauthorizes for the first time in 23 years the drinking water state revolving fund which provides for needed investments in water and sanitation infrastructure all across our country."


Senator Barrasso: (5:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "Clean water, flood control structures, working irrigation systems, they're all necessary for health, for safety and for prosperity for our communities. This legislation is going to authorize important water projects. It will maintain the navigability of inland waterways and coast ports, increase water storage and it will fix aging irrigation systems across the country. It will create jobs. It will spur economic growth and give local leaders an increased say in which projects and the way that projects are prioritized. It's going to rebuild flood control systems."

Boozman, Durbin, Cardin

The vehicle for the American Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021)

Oct 09 2018

Senator Boozman: (4:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "I would like to give thanks, a special thanks to our cosponsors, Senators Barrasso, Cornyn, Inhofe, Capito, Wicker, Feinstein, Casey, Baldwin, Manchin and Senator Whitehouse. The fact that the S.R.F. Act has cosponsors from across the country with vastly different political ideologies makes an important point. Infrastructure investment is not a rural issue or a big city issue. It's not a red state problem or a blue state problem. This is a national emergency, and it's time that we put partisanship aside and show the American people we can work together and provide safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater services to Americans in every part of the country."


Senator Durbin: (4:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Most of the time the American people kind of look at us, are puzzled, what are they talking about? Or why does this mean anything to me and my family and my future? Let me give you an example of a couple letters I received that relate to a vote we're going to take this week. The first letter was from Richard Lapeman from Napier, Illinois. Richard and Mary wrote, quote, our 13-year-old Sam was diagnosed with leukemia. After the no existing preconditions exclusion for kids collusion went into effect. They went on in their letter to say to me obviously, we're feeling dependent on all of the clauses of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, right now, including the one that protected those like our family with a child with a preexisting condition."


Senator Cardin: (4:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "Obviously there are rough edges and problems as far as a lot of negotiations, and I know that Senator Barrasso, Senator Carper, and Senator Inhofe would acknowledge that. I want to acknowledge May Stevens of my staff for the work she has done in advancing the priorities that are important for the people of Maryland and to make sure we have a well-balanced bill for our country. As I think my colleagues know, the focal point of my environmental work has been to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay which is considered one of America's greatest resources and a national treasure."

Cornyn, Klobuchar, Schumer

The vehicle for the American Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021)

Oct 09 2018

Senator Cornyn: (3:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on cancer treatment research being done in Texas.
    • "And of course as I said while we are caught up with the fights of the day here on the floor of the Senate, a lot of good work gets done that the American people don't hear about. That's why it's so important to emphasize this point. While biotech and pharmaceutical companies fund the late-stage research that brings well-developed therapies into clinical trials, the early funding of basic science which makes that possible often comes from the money provided by the U.S. government through the National Institutes of Health. Without it, Dr. Allison said many of the therapies that currently treat millions of cancer patients worldwide simply wouldn't exist, and that's an important point, too. It's not just treating cancer here in America."


Senator Klobuchar: (3:50 p.m.)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Well, first of all, it was such a comprehensive report. It was the product of 91 scientists from 40 countries. They looked at more than 6,000 studies, and they concluded absent major changes in our greenhouse gas emissions, the devastating consequences of climate change are coming much sooner than previously expected. And I think that's why it made front-page news, because of the time line. I think a lot of times people think of something that, you know, maybe their grandkids or great grandkids are going to have to deal with but no, tale, the pages in this room, young people today, people of my generation are going to have to be dealing directly with the front line consequences of climate change."


Senator Schumer: (4:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "They might not cover maternity care, mental health care, prescription drugs, you name it. Even worse, the plans draw consumers out of the health insurance market making it more expensive for everyone else to purchase insurance, especially more expensive for those with preexisting conditions. That is why so many prominent patient and consumer groups have filed a lawsuit against the administration's rule to expand these junk plans, groups like the American Cancer Society, the AARP, the Lung Association, Diabetes Association, and others hat represent millions of Americans with preexisting conditions have clearly said this is sabotage - sabotage -- of the health insurance market and will drive up costs for millions and millions of Americans."


Opening Remarks

Oct 09 2018

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House message accompanying S. 3021, the vehicle for America's Water Infrastructure Act.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendments to S. 3021, the vehicle for America's Water Infrastructure Act.
  • Note: on Saturday, October 6, cloture was filed on the motion to concur in the House amendments to S. 3021, the vehicle for America's Water Infrastructure Act.
  • Note: on Saturday, October 6, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #640, Jeffrey Bossert Clark, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Note: on Saturday, October 6, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #641, Eric S. Dreiband, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Note: on Saturday, October 6, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #866, James N. Stewart, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.


Senator McConnell: (3:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
    • "Her tenure will be remembered for her proud reassertion of American moral leadership and her fearless willingness to turn a bright spotlight on critical challenges from Israel's sovereignty to Iran's sponsorship of regional violence. Ambassador Haley has been a key part of the administration's team that has faced down a wide variety of critical challenges and done so with distinction. She took on this role after an impressive six years as governor of South Carolina and quickly proved to be both a skillful advocate for our national interest and a forceful spokeswoman for our principles."
  • Spoke on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
    • "So, Mr. President, Saturday's vote was also a victory for the Senate, for this institution, and for the integrity of this institution. Reason and deliberation triumphed over what was literally, literally an attempt to sway the Senate using mob tactics. I wish this were an exaggeration, but it isn't. While many came to Washington peacefully to share their stories, the loudest voices proved to be those of the politically motivated far left."
  • Spoke on the Senate's recent legislative accomplishments.
    • "In Congress, we've wasted no time on working to tackle this challenge in a bipartisan way. Here are just a few highlights. The funding bill for fiscal 2018 included a $21 billion increase in an infrastructure funding. We continued to build on that significant commitment in our historic return to regular appropriations for fiscal year 2019. Just last week we passed the longest F.A.A. reauthorization in more than three decades on a bipartisan basis and this week we have the chance to keep the momentum going and advance another major victory for the American infrastructure by passing America's Water Infrastructure Act."